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About the programme
Quota 1 2018: 11.2 (Standby: 11.1)   |   Quota 2 2018: -  
: Danish  | Place of study: Aarhus  |  Commencement: August / September and January / February


This programme is only offered in Danish.

The initial focus of the BSc programme in medicine is the healthy human being. You then go on to learn about the diseases that can affect the human body and how to treat them. Once you have learned the basic theory, you must apply your knowledge – both in the classroom and in clinical training.

Daily life

Teaching consists of a combination of lectures, group instruction and clinical training. At the beginning of your studies, you have to get through a lot of theory, and it is important to have a good study mate. Medicine is a rapidly evolving field of study. New diseases and treatments are continually being discovered so you must be ready to undergo further education and training throughout your medical career.

Active knowledge, dedication and thorough detective work

Diseases rarely manifest themselves as a textbook case. There are always more or fewer symptoms, and equal amounts of active knowledge, imagination and thorough detective work are required to determine the cause of a problem. To make sure you are well-equipped to do the essential work required of a doctor, the degree programme in medicine places heavy demands on your time, self-discipline and memory.

You treat people

In the course of the programme, you gain experience with the daily work routines of a medical doctor through clinical training. You learn to apply your theoretical and practical skills, and you practise communicating and establishing a rapport with your patients. Before starting your clinical training, you develop your practical skills on dummies, test subjects and fellow students. You learn to sew medical stitches, insert a drip, provide first aid, examine knees, shoulders and a great deal more.

Career opportunities

Becoming a medical doctor requires three years of further study on the Master’s degree programme following the successful completion of the BSc programme. Following six years of study and graduation as a medical doctor, several years of further education and training await before you are qualified to work in the healthcare sector as a hospital doctor, a general practitioner or as a researcher at a university or in the pharmaceutical industry, for example. A BSc degree in medicine also makes you eligible for several other Master’s degree programmes.

Admission requirements

Admission area number: 22010

To be eligible for admission to this degree programme, you must fulfill all the following requirements:

  1. A qualifying examination
  2. A grade point average of at least 6.0 according to the Danish 7-point marking scale (without 1.08 bonus) on your qualifying examination
  3. The following specific admission requirements (A, B and C refers to the subject level in the Danish upper secondary school with A being the highest level possible):
    • Danish A

    • English B

    • Mathematics A

    • And one of these combinations:

      • Physics B and Chemistry B

      • Physics B and Biotechnology A

      • Geoscience A and Chemistry B

      • Chemistry B, Biology A and Physics C

      • Biology A, Physics C and Biotechnology A

If there are any subjects you have not completed at the required level, you can take them as supplementary courses or as a summer supplementary course (conditional Admission).


The admission requirements must be met and documented by 5 July in the year of application unless you apply for conditional admission

Quota 2

Like quota 1 applicants, quota 2 applicants must have passed a qualifying examination, and they must also fulfil the specific admission requirements above. They must also fulfill the requirement of a grade point average of at least 6.0. Applicants that fulfill the requirements will be invited to take a written multiple-choice test. You can read more about the tests here

Like quota 1 applicants, quota 2 applicants must have passed a qualifying examination, and they must also fulfil the specific admission requirements above. They must also fulfill the requirement of a grade point average of at least 6.0.

Applicants that fulfill the requirements will be invited to take a written multiple-choice test. You can read more about the tests here.


If you do not fulfill the requirement of a grade point average of at least 6.0, you may apply for a dispensation from the rules, if special circumstances apply.

You must document the type of special circumstance that have influenced your qualifying exam. Special circumstances can be long-term illness, dyslexia or dyscalculia or the death of a close relative.

We do not grant dispensation from the 6.0 requirement based on good single subject grades, nor based on other higher education or work experience.

Each application for dispensation will be assessed individually. You need to upload your dispensation application along with your application on www.optagelse.dk no later than March 15; however, you may apply for a dispensation as early as February 1. You can find more information about applying for a dispensation here.


At present, it is not possible to apply for transfer or change of study to this degree programme. If it becomes possible to transfer or change your study into this programme at a later date, it will be announced on this page.

Programme structure

Academic regulations

In the academic regulations, you can find more detailed information about the individual subjects. You can also see the structure of the degree programme and read about the requirements you are required to meet as a student on the programme, including types of examinations and exam requirements.

In the degree programme diagram for the BSc programme in medicine, you can click on the various subjects to read the individual course descriptions.


Student life

Teaching at medicine

As a student on the BSc programme in medicine, you will be part of a class of approximately 25 students. The teaching consists of a combination of lectures in large lecture theatres for the whole year, group instruction, laboratory work and clinical training in groups of 6-12 students. You can also join a study group for the purpose of doing practical and theoretical assignments together.

Clinical training                                     

The BSc programme in medicine includes a period of clinical training, during which you are introduced to the clinical work of doctors.  The clinical training gives you a good idea of the life of a medical doctor. The training is a chance for you to test your practical skills. At the same time, considerable emphasis is on training your patient communication skills.

Below is an example of a weekly plan for students in the first semester at medicine.

8:00–11:00 Lecture in Microscopic Anatomy
11:00–13:00 Preparation
13:00–16:00 Group instruction – Commencement of studies

08:00–10:00 Lecture in General Studies
10:00–13:00 Preparation
13:00–16:00 Group instruction in Macroscopic Anatomy

8:00–11:00 Group instruction in Microscopic Anatomy
11:00–13:00 Preparation
13:00–16:00 Exercises in Microscopic Anatomy

8:00–11:00 Lecture in Macroscopic Anatomy
11:00–16:00 Preparation

08:00–10:00 Exercises in Macroscopic Anatomy
10:00–12:00 Preparation
12:00–15:00 Lecture – commencement of studies

Students without white coats

The degree programme in medicine is taught at different departments, hospitals and laboratories. Medical students therefore have their own dedicated building called Medicinerhuset (medical students’ house). The programme is also renowned for its many active associations in which you can actively participate.

Medicinerrevyen (medical students’ revue)
If you want to write scripts, perform on stage, play music or design costumes, the revue may be just what you are looking for. Every year the association puts on Denmark’s biggest student revue at Tivoli Friheden in Aarhus.

Medicine, has, of course, its very own party association – Umbilicus – which organises a Friday bar every Friday in Medicinerhuset. The association organises several big parties each semester, not to mention the annual regatta in the University Park, Aarhus C where 20,000 students gather in the University Park to cheer on the contestants for ‘the Golden Bedpan’.

Medicine Students’ Council
Would you like to represent the interests of your fellow students? Then join the Medicine Students’ Council and have a say in deciding the programme subjects and courses. The council consists of 30 students who represent the students in the university’s governing bodies.

The Society for Medical Student Research (SMS)
SMS is an association for medical students interested in a research career. The association organises a number of courses and events that focus on developing a professional framework for student research and raising awareness of research areas.

Studying abroad

As a student on the BSc programme in medicine, you can go on exchanges or do clinical training abroad, either under one of the planned exchange programmes or by planning your own period of study abroad.  As a student of medicine in Aarhus, you can also travel with the association IMCC to hotspots around the world.

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Job functions for MA/MSc grads

The diagram shows the kinds of jobs and job functions available to graduates of the corresponding MA/MSc programme, based on the 2013/14 AU employment survey.

Becoming a medical doctor requires three years of further study on the MSc programme in medicine. As a BSc graduate you have, in addition to the MSc Programme in medicine, access to the MSc programme in biomedical engineering and the MSc programme in health science at Aarhus University.

As an MSc graduate you must then undergo 12 months of further study on the clinical basic studies programme. You can then be employed in a one-year introductory position, after which you must specialise in one of the main medical fields, which takes about five years.

Alternative job opportunities

As a fully trained medical doctor, you can work in hospitals and in general practice. You can also work in the pharmaceutical industry, as a lecturer or as a researcher. Humanitarian work is a further career option – Doctors without Borders or other NGOs – where you can use your medical knowledge under special conditions.